Yesterday my jaw started hurting, this morning I couldn't open my mouth it hurt so bad. I looked in the mirror tonight and it seems as though the left side of my neck is a tad swollen. My jaw also cracks when I open it. I looked online and TMJ was mentioned a lot. Should I go to the ER? Does anyone think its serious?
If it affects your breathing, then yes it is serious. Otherwise it might be just a swollen gland. Regardless, if the condition persists over the next three days I would have it checked out.
<----Not a doctor.
Could be symptomatic of tetanus. Gotten any cuts or punctures lately?
ok. Well it started yesterday, in the middle of the day, but no breathing problems, it even hurts to open my mouth to eat. Im thinking maybe I have a slipped disk in my jaw.
I don't think there are any disks in a jaw. Get better soon Kristie
Hey Misha, whats up. I emailed you earlier today. But I read online that there is disks in a jaw, maybe I read wrong. I shall check again. lol Its always something with me isn't it?
This would by symptomatic of several things Kmackey32 including muscle tension to tetanus. I'd not be getting diagnosed via hubpages, your life is way too important than a discussion forum.
I used to have a very tight jaw and when it loosened, or in the course of it loosening, it would click allot. All ok now.
I think you should really consult a doctor. I have a friend who had the same problem, she went to a doctor and was immediately relieved.
Yep, I googled it and a jaw does have disks and they can slip.
Might want to take yoshi's advice to see a doc if it persists.
oh i sorry, I checked my email for awhile after I sent it and didn't see anything. oops hadn't checked lately though.
kmackey, I got to go, so you get that checked out ya here. That popsickle will miss you I'm sure 'til ya do.
Hi, ralwus. I was wondering the same thing. That's why hubby won't take me to Dairy Queen any more. Dang! I should write a hub about that!
Back to the topic, I had a friend once with that problem. It was an infected saliva gland. Hope you get better!
Having people guess on here isn't the greatest, but I may as all offer a "theory" too....
I'm wondering if your neck is swollen because you have swollen lymph nodes, and if the swelling is enough to make your jaw a little out of whack. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck (on one or both sides) can be felt if you feel the "dents" just below your ears and feel the area around there. A cold, ear infection, broken skin on your head or neck, or any number of things could cause that.
I couldn't resist mentioning that three of my wisdom teeth were just coming in when I was 33/34. It runs in the family.
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